Tessa Gray doesn’t know who she is. What she does know is that her new home is in danger because there’s a genius psycho who wants to marry her and steal her powers for reasons that are, you guessed it, unknown. Oh, and she has very confusing feelings about two very attractive boys, but surely with all Tessa’s personal conflict that will have to take a back burner, right? Tessa, Will, and Jem’s story continues on a story that will make every fangirl’s heart pound and shatter over and over again.
time to read about 3 days of on and off reading. It’s a pretty long book, but if you have the time to devote to it it’s an easy and fast read, especially once the romance kicks in.
I may not be a fan of Cassandra Clare’s heroines, but my goodness does she know how to write swoon-worthy male characters with flaws that make them even more attractive. Will who loves literature and has a quick and sharp wit but the absolute heart of gold. And Jem! Sweet Jem who isn’t always so sweet and who is dying which isn’t fair at all! Clare knows how to pull at the heart strings and while I’m reading I can feel myself falling in love with these all too imaginary characters. Because they are completely imaginary and that’s the sad part. No real person could possibly be like either of them, but sometimes it’s nice to ignore that in a romantic hero.
Then there is the setting. I really enjoy the whole Shadowhunter thing to be quite honest. I find the runes fascinating. I’m not a big fan of the whole angel/church/religious aspect of it, not because it’s religion, just because it’s a teensy bit overdone in YA lit, but I can see pass that easily enough. And any time a story is set in London I’m all for it. It’s not a Maureen Johnson or Stephanie Perkins book where the setting becomes another character to the story, but Clare has her moments of descriptive glory.
As for the plot…well…I suppose it could be worse. At least there are things that happen, right? Things happening is good. It felt a teensy bit circular and unnecessary, but most second books are, I suppose. That’s alright though. I honestly don’t read Clare’s books for the plot: she is a romance writer and anyone going into it expecting more will likely be disappointed.
Novels with similar aspects
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
recommended to those searching for some steamy moments to make your heart pound faster, or you know any Cassandra Clare fan out there since I know you’re all out there.
not recommended to those looking for a strong, complex heroine or a plot driven story.
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